I wish my position enabled me to be able to telecommute. There are times when it
would be very helpful. I admit to being a little jealous of those whose
positions allow them that flexibility.
I am able to telework once a week, but choose to do so less often. During slow
time periods of the year I love being able to work from home more often,
especially as those coincide with the winter months and I bike-commute. Others
in the office telework as often as possible year-round. I seem to
get about the same amount of work done at work and at home. With little ones
running around vs. co-workers, it's a wash. I do love the time at home with
them, though. At times, I've felt a bit put-off by their
seeming ability to get an extended weekend by working from home on Monday, but
as long as their performance doesn't affect my workload i'm not
bothered by it. And it hasn't to date!
I have never encountered the jealousy issue described in this column, but I have
encountered plenty of other problems. Working remotely — especially from
home — requires an incredible amount of discipline and focus. When a wife
with young kids is at home, I have never encountered an employee who could
successfully (and productively) work remotely — even with a dedicated home
office. I doubt I could make it work. There are undoubtedly exceptions, but when
hiring an employee, I don't think I would ever take that chance.